Day 24: 4 x 250m Hills – Ouch. Oh yeah, with a stroller!

Today was hill training. With the worlds best running buddy – my 19 month old son. So pushing a stroller uphill is as painful as it sounds. Very few hills intimidate me, but I have to admit, it is the small, steep ones I hate the most. They never look too bad and don’t feel terrible until you’re about half-way done. We started out at Weaselhead Flats and ran counter-clockwise so went downhill first. It was really windy and cold but after about two minutes, I was sweating. Felix didn’t mind the hill training – he just took everything in while eating cheerios. We saw a lovely couple out for a walk – the man was teasing me when I came down the hill for the third time “AGAIN!” he would say. It was cute. Once we finished the 4 intervals, we did a 0.5km jog to cool down. The whole thing took less than 20 minutes but I feel more tired that I do after longer runs.

I think running hills is completely a mental game. So rather than stare at the top of the hill, I watch the ground. I shorten my stride. Make a conscious effort to breath steady and give’r! When coming down, I also make a conscious effort to continue strong, steady breathing and also, ensuring I don’t get going too fast so that (a) I don’t get a stitch and (b) I don’t fall.

For my first crack at hill training it went pretty well, though it’s not easy and my lungs burned. Hope as the weeks go on it gets easier. Would love to hear what other people do to train on hills.

Here are the stats: 

  • o.25 km downhill
  • 0.25 km uphill
  • o.25 km downhill
  • 0.25 km uphill
  • o.25 km downhill
  • 0.25 km uphill
  • o.25 km downhill
  • 0.25 km uphill
  • 0.50 km cool down jog

My ankle was feeling pretty good today. Definitely believe giving my legs a second rest day was helpful. Hoping to do some yoga tonight to get a good stretch in. Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday!

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